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Vancouver Island Road Trip - Stalled (Tofino - Cumberland)

Vehicle Problems, Weather Woes & Roadside Motels

all seasons in one day 5 °C

After spending 10 days on the east coast of the island and around Tofino, while site-seeing and job-hunting, we finally pushed off. The plan was to head to Cumberland back on the East Coast and Further up North. A chance to see some new scenery. I also have a job interview on Thursday with a lodge up in the Mount Washington Alpine area. So the idea was to head up earlier in order for me to do the interview and then head back south to Nanoose Bay where we would stay at our Hunt Guides house again for a few days until we had either received confirmation of jobs, or return back to Vancouver.

The island has a myriad of personalities and weather patterns. We left Tofino in drizzle and overcast weather and 45 minutes later driving enroute to Port Alberni through the mountain pass, the drizzle turned into heavy rain and then rain and snow and then just heavy snow all the way to town, turning the roads into a mess with ice and sludge. Not easy conditions for driving.

We stopped off at McDonalds on the way for a coffee boost and then jumped back in the car to head off. Pulled up to the traffic lights and she “Bertha”, cuts out after stalling on the slippery road surface and the stubborn thing refused to start. Sandra had to call the AA out who also had no luck and then eventually a big pickup had to come tow her to the service garage up the road. This after spending 45 minutes blocking a busy intersection.

So we are forced to make an overnight pit stop in Port Alberni (centre of the island) before she is looked at in the morning and we can move off again. We then had to hike down the road for a short bit to find a motel for the night.

Interesting times but all part of the travel experience and road trip fun I guess.

On a good note, I had one of my journalism assignments (topic- write on a recent travel experience) that I had submitted, published on one of the travel blogs of a big hostel group here and received a free night’s accommodation. BONUS …

Link is: http://samesun.com/backpacker-blog-back-at-the-ranch/

http://samesun.com/backpacker-blog-back-at-the-ranch/

Posted by TezaTravels 08.01.2013 16:00 Archived in Canada

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